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NightLife Admission: $15 ($12 Academy members)
Planetarium Passes: $3 (more info below)
21+ with ID

Select events subject to premier pricing: $22 ($18 Academy members).

In partnership with Reimagine End of Life
Music by DJ Juan Luna-Avin

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Dealing with Death
African Hall

Good Grief
Science Today

Old Friends
West Garden
6p - 8p

The Other Side
Coral Reef
6p - 10p

  • Take a visually stunning journey through an immersive environment presented by Dream Logic in collaboration with artist Viktor Kastro, whose work investigates the spirit world and realms beyond death.

Morning Altar
Piazza
6p - 10p

  • Artist Day Schildkret will install one of his “Morning Altars,” ephemeral earth artworks that celebrate impermanence and daily ritual.
  • Submit a celebratory “funeral song” (click here to submit your song) for DJ Juan Luna-Avin to spin in the Piazza

Reimagine End of Life
Project Lab
6p - 10p

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NIGHTLIFE TIPS

  • Hurry! Last entry for our Rainforest dome is at 7:45 pm. Please note: drinks are not allowed inside the Rainforest exhibit.
  • Thirsty? Each bar area features a unique seasonal cocktail—there are multiple bars throughout the museum.
  • Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will also be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

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PLANETARIUM PASSES

  • Planetarium passes are required for the 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 pm shows
  • Passes are $3 each and may be purchased online or at the ticket window. Since shows do sell out, we always recommend buying in advance.
  • The 6:30 pm live show is always free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Please arrive at the planetarium 15 minutes before your ticketed showtime for seating. We run a tight spaceship!

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FOOD & DRINK

  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe and The Academy Cafe Food Cart located in the front lobby.
  • Enjoy a different fresh seasonal "craft on draft" cocktail at each NightLife bar area designed by our resident mixologist Shane McKnight!

All bars accept cash and credit cards.

Music

Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

Learn about the latest technology and how people around the world are working to keep stargazing possible.

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Travel through space and time to experience the dramatic lives and deaths of stars, Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg.

9:30 pm

Explore the immense scale of the known Universe in this live presentation that leaves Earth far behind.

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Upcoming ticketed museum events

September 30th at 6:00 pm

Come together and connect with the Bay’s AAPI community in an evening of music, storytelling, and fashion.

October 7th at 6:00 pm

Explore the Academy at night alongside nearly 40,000 live animals. For adults 21+.

October 14th at 6:00 pm

Catch a sneak peek of the new BigPicture exhibit, where life is wild and animals inspire us to be more human.

October 21st at 6:00 pm

See what’s revealed once the sun goes down and explore the nocturnal side of the Academy. For adults 21+.

Upcoming free virtual events

October 7th at 7:00 pm

Fire is essential to forest life—hear from experts tending fires and ensuring a more resilient California.